Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Visual Studio 2008 "officially" released

Apparently somebody on Microsoft's marketing team failed to actually talk to the Visual Studio, Windows, and SQL Server teams and explain to them that a "simultaneous software release" meant everything would ship at the same time. Announced today in an email I received from Microsoft, Visual Studio 2008 is now officially available in all distribution channels- volume licensing, retail, and MSDN downloads. Of course, many developers have been working with VS 2008 since November when the RTM bits were published to MSDN, so this news is for those of you that don't have access to MSDN and missed all of the VS 2008 InstallerFests (and for those of you just interested in seeing Visual Studio's new retail packaging...oooh...).

But back to my original point. The big, fancy worldwide launch wave kicks-off in about a month in Los Angeles and right now it's shaping up to be more of a Windows Server 2008 launch event (assuming it doesn't get delayed again). Couldn't the "official" VS 2008 release have waited 30 more days to help the event somewhat live up to its original billing? Guess not. Enjoy retail bits!